Thatcher Bohrman

Do Teaching Videos Work?

I was lucky to see a fantastic talk about learning at Instructure Con 2015 by Derek Mueller, host of Veritasium, a popular YouTube Channel about science. It’s popular because it’s fun, interesting, and well-made – and he is great on-camera talent – but part of its success is also due to science applied to video-making.

Derek has a PhD in Philosophy, and his thesis paper is titled “Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education”.

His paper, and his keynote, was about how people learn, and how revealing and acknowledging misconceptions is a way to open minds to learning. Simply lecturing about a subject, he says, is fairly ineffective, but by creating confusion in the learner, and showing them other people going through their own learning process, is effective in helping people to grasp concepts more deeply. It’s another example of how our ideas of how learning happens don’t always jibe with reality.



Better Online Teaching Through Online Learning

nullThere are many strategies to improving your online teaching, but have you considered taking an online course yourself? If you teach online, being an online student is a powerful way to see what really goes on from that side of the fence. Now it’s easier than ever to be an online student at NO COST and NO OBLIGATION: the advent of MOOCs. “Massive Open Online Courses” raged on to the edu scene a few years ago, and they are still expanding, with thousands of courses by top colleges and universities offering them through a few providers, like EdX, Coursera, and others. You can participate as little or as much as you want, but if it’s a subject of interest – and you’ll find one – you might get into it and even learn something. I guarantee you learn something about online learning, no matter what the subject. Here’s a course about online teaching from a college in Austrailia.

SumSumSummer Institute Institute

Summer Institute number 12 is Tuesday, May 9th & Wednesday, May 10th.  With fantastic home-grown general sessions and over 25 day and evening workshops, it’s going to be another great time to learn and socialize. The Final Faculty Standing competition is a chance to win an iPad Air 2! You can peruse the entire amazing schedule right now:

Then use the YC training site to register:

Get a bittersweet taste of what’s to come in this TRAILER to Tuesday’s, general session: The Teaching Zone: True Confessions from the Trenches of Teaching. What’s your teaching secret?

The March is On

The 4th Annual March for Best Practices is a chance for Faculty to share 1-2 best practices in their teaching. One best practice we like to honor is: sharing! which is what this professional development opportunity is all about. Find out how you can join in the march like your colleague below.